Excerpt from The I and II Books of the Odes of Horace: Translated Into English Verse, to Which Are Added the Carmen Sæculare, and Appendix
As to the first, his plea is leisure and retirement, which required, and found in a congenial labour, an employment that served at least ... to fill up the blanks of time, and afford a Welcome variety, to chequer the occupations of a country life, and the occasional resources of the chase.
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